Saudis threatened to sue for $20m

An Awassi ram.  The New Zealand-bred sheep have proved to be a delicacy in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi businessmen who was thwarted in exporting live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East wanted to sue the Government for $20-$30m compensation.

Fonterra a large scale coal user

Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra is New Zealand's third largest coal user.

One of NZ's biggest coal burners could switch to biofuels - but at a cost.

Sheep bring high spirits

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

A farmer fed up with drought has been putting his sheep to good use, arranging them into roadside billboards to make people smile.

Roads sold to Fonterra

An artist's impression of Fonterra's proposed new milk dryers at its Studholme plant.

Waimate District Council to receive $155,000 for the sale of roads around Fonterra's Studholme dairy factory.

Positive spin among the gloom

Equity dairy farmers Craig Young (left) and Roger Duff have tightened their governance structure in the wake of the gloomy dairy outlook.

Gloomy dairy outlook has one positive spin off for these Waikato farmers.

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opinion

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

Dairy farmer Lyn Webster.

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Rural communities face challenge

Our rural communities are well aware now of what the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Discuss jerseys together

Jersey breeders discuss the breed at a new event.

Matamata jersey breeders are encouraged to join a discussion group focused on the cow breed.

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Equity dairy farmers Craig Young (left) and Roger Duff have tightened their governance structure in the wake of the gloomy dairy outlook.

Positive spin to gloomy dairy outlook

The gloomy dairy outlook had a positive spin off for Koromatua dairy farmers.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Wills thrilled to receive ONZM

Waikato woman Janette Wills was thrilled to receive her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Sheep

Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Waitomo perendale stud breeder  Philip Brandon (left) talks to farmers over the fence at his sheepyards on his farm, which was  part of  a tour stop for perendale farmers at the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand's annual conference held this year in the Waikato.

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

Sheep bring high spirits

A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

cropping

Vege planting postponed again

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Select avocado growers make good returns

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Motueka Fruitgrowers Association chairman Simon Easton says growers are ``pretty positive'' about potential returns from this season's fruit.

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

agribusiness

Saudis threatened to sue for $20m

An Awassi ram.  The New Zealand-bred sheep have proved to be a delicacy in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi businessmen who was thwarted in exporting live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East wanted to sue the Government for $20-$30 million compensation.

Fonterra a large scale coal user

Fonterra could switch to biofuels - but at a financial cost.

The season of the deer roar is here.

Livestream: Deer Industry Conference

The New Zealand Deer Industry's annual conference is being held in Napier.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Video

John Banks to join Sir Owen Glenn's league trust

Sir Owen Glenn sets up trust to hold his shares in the Warriors league team on behalf of fans.

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